Former youth pastor convicted of sexually assaulting girl

Arnold Lamont Parks (Source: Crittenden Co. Jail)
Arnold Lamont Parks (Source: Crittenden Co. Jail)

MARION, AR (KAIT) – A former youth pastor and daycare worker has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Thursday that a Crittenden County jury convicted Arnold Lamont Parks of sexually assaulting a minor child.

The assault happened last August while the child was spending the night in Parks' home in Marion, Ellington said.

During the investigation, Ellington said Parks went to the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department and said "he had something to get off his chest."

He said Parks then admitted to the acts.

Following the two-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of guilty.

Circuit Court Judge John Fogelman followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Parks to 9 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

"We are grateful for the jury's verdict, that the community will not tolerate this type of behavior," Ellington said.

Parks is currently being held in the Crittenden County Jail awaiting transport to the state penitentiary.

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